Ashford, Wye & District


We arrange coffee mornings on the 4th Wednesday of most months at Repton Connect Community Centre, Repton Avenue, Ashford, Kent TN23 3RX the to which all members are invited.

Please note contrary to previous advice, that anyone parking over two hours in the Waitrose car park is liable to a fine.

Individuals who are not members of Ashford, Wye & District U3A, who wish to attend coffee mornings as visitors should first consult the Visitors Policy.

These meetings give an opportunity to meet members attending a variety of courses and to exchange ideas and experiences.

As well as events organised by our own U3A, this page also includes events in the South East organised by the national organisation, The Third Age Trust. This page also features some non-U3A events which the Committee wish to advertise, such as events involving many U3A members, or supporting particular good causes. These events are categorised as 'Other'.


When booking trips, please remember to provide a SINGLE CHEQUE for each trip you wish to book, not forgetting to put the NAME OF THE TRIP on the back of the cheque.
Your cooperation would be greatly appreciated.

The Trips Team

Dates for your Diary
April 2019
Tue Apr 23rdOutingThe Brands Museum/Portobello Market

Supermarket archaeologist Robert Opie has spent 50 years collecting historical brands and packaging to form the Museum of Brands. The 10,000 items on display in the Branding Hall and Time Tunnel relate the interesting stories behind many of our favourite products. This is a real trip down memory lane and should trigger some nostalgic hot spots on the way. Test your memory skills matching the advertising jingle to the brand. We hope you will enjoy this journey, which allows an overall view of the social changes in the last 50 years.

Cost: National Trust Members £17.50, Non NT Members £19.50

For full information and booking see the Brands Museum flyer.
Wed Apr 24thSocialCoffee Morning

From Pottery to Potting Shed - Chris O'Donoghue
Returning after his Chelsea Garden visit in 2018, Chris talks about his time working at Poole Pottery, running a ceramics business in Rye and his garden design and restoration work.

Venue: Repton Connect Community Centre, Repton Avenue, Ashford, Kent TN23 3RX

Cost: £1 to cover refreshments

Time: 10.15am - 12.15pm
May 2019
Wed May 15th
→Sun May 19th
Study DayPlein Air Kent

Largest, competitive, all inclusive en plein air art event, in the heart Kent. Over 5 days in May. In aid of Pilgrims Hospice. Based in the glorious grounds of Hole Park, with opportunities to paint in local Kentish towns too (please have your own adequate liability insurance in place)

Exhibition, sales and competition days open to the public at the weekend 18th-19th May (25% commmiosn on sales to the hospice)

Venue: Hole Park, Benenden Road, Rolvenden, TN17 4JA

For further information and booking see the Plein Air website.
Wed May 22ndSocialCoffee Morning

The Crop Circle Mystery - Andy Thomas
Andy reveals the fascinating history and intriguing theories behind these controversial but stunningly beautiful patterns which appear in fields each year.

Venue: Repton Connect Community Centre, Repton Avenue, Ashford, Kent TN23 3RX

Cost: £1 to cover refreshments

Time: 10.15am - 12.15pm
June 2019
Wed Jun 5thStudy Day

Forensics: The Expert Witnesses a Sevenoaks U3A Science Group Seminar

Forensic evidence is essential in supporting the criminal justice system. The major areas of criminal activity that are of public concern are Drug misuse/abuse, Gun Crime and DNA analysis. We have invited four speakers, all expert in their respective fields, who will present the real facts and examples of the work they undertake in the following programme

Venue: Orchards Events Venue, East Malling Research, New Road, East Malling, ME19 6BH

Cost: £10.00 each (NO lunch) or £18.75 each INCLUDING lunch

Time: 09:45 - 13:45

This Seminar is open to all U3A members. An optional buffet lunch will be available. For further details and booking form see the Forensics flyer.

*** Book early to avoid disappointment - Numbers are limited ***

Mon Jun 17thOutingWrest Park House Garden and Lakes, Bedfordshire

Wrest Park has 90 acres of gardens, woodlands and lakes. Much of the development of the gardens bears the imprint of Capability Brown. Features of the park include an archaeological collection spanning 2,000 years; the recently restored Archer Pavilion, Chinese Temple and Bath house the orangery and colonnaded Bowling Green House and the garden sculpture in the ornamental dairy.

Cost: £15

For full information and booking see the Wrest Park flyer.
Thu Jun 20thStudy DayRenaissance Treasures at the National Gallery a Third Age Trust event

The Italian Renaissance saw the creation of some of the finest art works ever made, and some of these are now held in trust for the British nation, within the collection of The National Gallery.

Join National Gallery experts for a day of talks on iconic paintings and hidden gems of the Italian Renaissance, by artists such as Botticelli, Leonardo and Titian, as well as some less known artists.

We'll draw on a range of devotional and secular paintings to introduce the greatest innovations and stylistic developments in Italian painting. c.1250 – 1560, and learn some tools for looking at paintings.

Venue: The Sainsbury Wing Theatre, National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN

Cost: £25 per person (lunches & refreshments not provided)

Time: 11:00 – 15:45

For further details and booking visit the Renaissance Treasures website.
Wed Jun 26thSocialCoffee Morning

Concorde - Guy Bartlett
In a much requested return, Guy takes us on a journey of discovery of this iconic aircraft, shares his experience of super-sonic flight and explores the Paris crash and its aftermath.

Venue: Repton Connect Community Centre, Repton Avenue, Ashford, Kent TN23 3RX

Cost: £1 to cover refreshments

Time: 10.15am - 12.15pm
July 2019
Wed Jul 24thSocialCoffee Morning

Without Reserve - Janie Ramsay
Janie talks about her time in the antiques trade and some of the events which took place at Sotheby's where she was a director for ten years.

Venue: Repton Connect Community Centre, Repton Avenue, Ashford, Kent TN23 3RX

Cost: £1 to cover refreshments

Time: 10.15am - 12.15pm
August 2019
Wed Aug 28thSocialCoffee Morning

The Most Popular Indoor Activity (Crosswords) - Tim Moorey
This light-hearted talk will reveal how the speaker got into the unusual job of setting cryptic crosswords for national dailies, how he sets them and many other anecdotes associated with the world-wide crossword community.

Venue: Repton Connect Community Centre, Repton Avenue, Ashford, Kent TN23 3RX

Cost: £1 to cover refreshments

Time: 10.15am - 12.15pm
September 2019
Wed Sep 11thOutingVisit to The Tower of London

As a royal palace and a secure fortress the Tower of London was probably being used for the secure storage of the monarch’s most treasured possessions since its earliest years. Construction began in the reign of William the Conqueror (1066-1087) and continued through the centuries until the reign of Richard 11 (1377-1399). Apart from the draining of the moat the medieval defences remain unchanged to this day.

Your entrance fee is included in the trip total and gives you access to the many visitor attractions including the Crown Jewels, the White Tower, the Medieval Palace, the Fusiliers` Museum and many more throughout the Tower precincts.

There is a restaurant on site and two snack kiosks.

Total cost for the day £35. (This increase on the price originally advertised is due to the Tower of London increasing their prices).

For further information and booking, complete the Tower of London flyer.
December 2019
Tue Dec 3rdOutingGetting that Christmas Feeling!

Come and join us for coffee, a leisurely Christmas lunch in Faversham and Evensong at Canterbury Cathedral to get us into the Christmas spirit.

The cost for the day to include transport, coffee and lunch is £45.00.

For further information and booking complete the Christmas Feeling flyer.